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Covid Situation in Switzerland

Updated 6 January


From 15 December the requirement to quarantine for 10 days when travelling to the UK from Switzerland can be reduced to 5 days with a negative test.

Since 21 December visitors to Switzerland from the UK are required to quarantine for 10 days. Since the end of the (Brexit) transition period on 31/12/2020 UK nationals are not permitted to enter Switzerland for the purposes of tourism.


We have all seen the recent reporting about how the COVID rate has increased in Europe with much of the continent now enveloped in a second wave. Switzerland has not been immune to this and it too has seen dramatically rising infection rates. As such rules have been tightening and it is now mandatory to wear face masks in all public places and maintain social distancing where possible.


In terms of what this means for ski holidays (in brief), face coverings are required in cable cars and social distancing is required in lift queues. For lifts which are open air (chairlifts and T-bars) face coverings are also required. All enclosed lifts must operate at only two thirds capacity.  Restaurants in Switzerland are currently closed although mountain restaurants are allowed to open their terraces for takeaway food and drinks; there is a maximum of 4 people per table; you are required to wear a face mask until seated. For skiing as a group, the maximum group size is 5.


For up to date information on the situation in Switzerland please click here.